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A hugely attractive essay that might draw scholars right into a dialog in regards to the important dating among philosophy and theology.

In this transparent, concise, and brilliantly attractive essay, well known thinker and theologian John D. Caputo addresses the good and classical philosophical questions as they inextricably intersect with theology--past, current, and destiny. well-known as one of many best philosophers, Caputo is peerless in introducing and starting up scholars into the important courting that philosophy and theology proportion jointly. He writes, “If you're taking a protracted adequate glance, past the debates that divide philosophy and theology, over the partitions that they've outfitted to maintain one another out or past the wars to subordinate one to the opposite, you discover a standard feel of awe, a standard gasp of shock or astonishment, like searching on the never-ending sprawl of stars around the night sky or upon the waves of a dead night sea.”

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He was saying that Christianity is the absolute truth in a pictorial form, that it says something very true but that the particular terms in which it is does so are not quite true, are not the whole truth, are not as true as true can be. The word he used to describe religion's truth is Vorstellung, which means a representation or depiction or even a picture; it is related to the word Darstellung, which means an "exhibition" or presentation, say, of paintings. So Hegel was saying that Christianity is a pretty picture, the truth in a "pictorial" mode.

My own view is that Enlightenment or modernity is a necessary phase, an essential course correction, in working out a satisfactory reconciliation of the competing claims of faith and reason. Religious people hold their faith to be the most precious thing they have, and well they should, but everything depends upon understanding the faith that is in you, on thinking it through and thinking it out, in dialogue with others and with everything else that God has given us. That is why theology proceeds without philosophy at great personal risk to itself.

It means we can never get behind ourselves and see ourselves come into being, or that we can never get out of our skin and look down upon ourselves from above. We "always already" are the beings that we are, and rather than trying the impossible, to make a presuppositionless start à la Descartes, we should realize that we are in truth shaped by the presuppositions we inherit. These presuppositions do not bind or blind us but rather give us our perspective, our angle of entry, enabling us to understand in the first place, giving shape to the way the world presents itself to us here and now.

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